- I have always opted for the salutation: Greetings. I always found “hello” to be cliche and shallow, a simple acknowledgement of presence. No, hello won’t do as it has been a shallow trap before. I wish to welcome and greet you. I wish to get to know you and for you to know me. Hospitality is one of the nine core virtues. At my modest house, guests are heartily greeted with open coffers and raised horns. Perhaps in the days of HTML and Facebook, of the more digital, less physical, this form of hospitality becomes a faded memory, not the usual. After all we are merely interacting on the shallowest of mediums and I only wish more. So picture me greeting you with a hearty bowl of homemade stew and a brimming horn of mead. Welcome! You are welcome here!
- Now that I have shown my manners let me introduce myself. My name is Michelle. And I that might be the most boring aspect of myself. I suffer from the horrible condition of being an artist. Yet instead of seeking the treatment society presses on the unique, I have opted to embrace my condition, terminal as it might be. I run a leather goods business, where every piece is handmade and hand stitched. All by my own callused hands. And my primary goal of this blog is to not only share my art with you, but the vast history of leather and how, once, a very long time ago, it let an over-reaching hominid species to conquer the globe. Whether or not that was a good move, I am not qualified to say. But it lead to the creature we are today. I don’t just want to share my history with you, but yours as well.
- But being an artist, I also have a multi-faceted, untamed, yet highly trained mind. I cannot promise this blog will entirely be about a lone woman’s strive to relive the old ways from working with her hands. I know myself too well to promise that. As you, the educated or ever casual reader might note from my writing style, I am not uneducated. I have degrees in zoology, and more than enough credits for an addition degree in anthropology. No doubt I will discuss animals, the balance of nature, and human development aside form leather and leather related developments. Perhaps if you are lucky, I may even feel open enough to share the major secrets of the universe.
- So here I am, about to expose myself. To let you know me, and perhaps get to know yourself too. More than anything, I wish to expose the primal human condition and innovation. And I wish to embrace something within my self, or better yet, to strive for a balance.
- I must confess, I am not of this “New World”. I am not of the new gods of WiFi and Facebook, of Amazon and PayPal. I feel the call of the hands on tactile things, of hand sewing, of painting, of campfires and personal meeting. But I do run a business and live in the new world. And as business takes off, I know more of my time will go to shipping and emails, and less of my art will be unveiled in my presence. I may have hiraeth, a homesickness for a place I cannot return to, a nostalgia for a place that may have not existed in this go around. But I can embrace the old an the new.
Welcome to my digital hearth-side.